As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty

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As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty
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Directed byJonas Mekas
Produced byJonas Mekas
Written byJonas Mekas
Music byAuguste Varkalis
CinematographyJonas Mekas
Edited byJonas Mekas
Distributed byCanyon Cinema
Release date
  • November 4, 2000 (2000-11-04) (London Film Festival)
Running time
288 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty is a 2000 experimental documentary film directed by Jonas Mekas.[1] The film had its world premiere on November 4, 2000, at the London Film Festival and is a compilation of Mekas' home movies. At almost five hours in length, it is one of the longest experimental films ever made.

Synopsis[edit]

Compiled from Mekas' home movies, the film is an attempt by the director to re-construct his life through various home movies filmed over a period of about 30 years. Events shown in the film are things such as birthdays and picnics, as well as more landmark personal events such as the first steps of his children. Throughout the film Mekas offers his own commentary and insight on what the viewer is seeing.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception for the film has been mostly positive and Allmovie users rated the film 3 out of 5 stars.[2] The New York Times commented that the film was "a first — the home movie as epic" and stated that "Mr. Mekas provides more of an immersion into his personal life than he has allowed anyone to view before in the welter of films he has built up over his career."[3] The Village Voice called the movie an "unabashedly happy film" and noted that "Mekas plays this up with several wry comments, once calling his work 'a film about people who never argue or have fights and love each other.'"[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Saunders, David (2010). Documentary. Routledge. p. 188. ISBN 0203852680.
  2. ^ "As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty (review)". Allmovie. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
  3. ^ "One Man's Parenthood, in Minute Detail". NYT. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
  4. ^ "The Color of Paradise". Village Voice. Retrieved 29 December 2013.

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